Citizenship and belonging in a women's immigration detention centre

Bosworth, M. and Kellezi, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-4825-3624, 2014. Citizenship and belonging in a women's immigration detention centre. In: C. Philips and C. Webster, eds., New directions in race and ethnicity. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780415540483


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This chapter draws on six months of fieldwork in IRC Yarl’s Wood, Britain’s primary immigration removal centre for women, to explore the racialised logic of citizenship and nationality that underpin border control. Using women’s testimonies, it seeks to ‘give voice’ to an otherwise ilenced custodial population. In doing so, it seeks to enrich the predominantly theoretical literature on border control and challenge its pessimistic view of such places merely as ‘zones of exclusion.’ A second and related goal is to demonstrate the salience of detention centres –
and migration - for criminological research on race/ethnicity. Detention centres are complex and nuanced sites where issues of race and nationality are under constant debate. While the government restricts migration, such places play an increasingly important role both in determining and managing populations who are unwelcome and in setting out a British national identity.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Bosworth, M. and Kellezi, B.
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Abingdon
Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780415540483
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 05 Nov 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:56

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